Snow wreaks havoc on Eastern Cape roads

2010-06-15 09:36

Heavy snow wreaked havoc on Eastern Cape roads this morning, with

at least three accidents and several road closures reported.

“It is still snowing heavily and it is also quite rainy,” said

provincial traffic spokesperson Tshepo Machaea.

Several people were injured on the R58 between Barkly East and Lady

Grey when a minibus taxi overturned.

“There are people injured there. Emergency services are on their

way there.”

Also, on the N2 between Idutwya and Mthatha a truck overturned,

while a vehicle rammed into the back of a truck in Graaff-Reinet.

Machaea said he would have more details on these accidents later in

the day.

The roads closed due to heavy snowfall are:

  • R63 between Somerset East and Pearston at Bruintjieshoogte,

  • The Nico Malan Pass between Seymour and Whittlesea,

  • R61 between Graaff-Reinet and Cradock at the Wapadsberg


  • N9 between Graaff-Reinet and Middelburg at the Lootsberg


  • N6 between Jamestown and Queenstown at the Penhoek pass,

  • R58 between Elliot and Barkly Pass.

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